The current selection of venue for the Tremendous Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier towards Lesotho in Nigeria might have raised some query marks on the politicization of the nation’s soccer forward of sustaining a profitable house floor for the group.
Final week Friday, the Chairman of Lagos State Sports activities Fee, Sola Aiyepeku along with the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) First Vice President Seyi Akinwumi led the Tremendous Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr to the Teslim Balogun Stadium for an on-the-spot evaluation forward of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match.
Aiyepeku reiterated that the pitch can be match-ready earlier than the sport subsequent month.
“I’m actually comfortable that the Tremendous Eagles Coach, who got here for an on-the-spot evaluation of the stadium to judge the extent of our readiness was happy with what he noticed on the Teslim Balogun Stadium”.
“I guarantee the Eagles Coach that the Teslim Balogun Stadium is a viable possibility for Nigeria’s house match towards Lesotho. Now we have re-grown the grass within the final 15 months and lots of work is in progress to make sure that the pitch is match-ready”, he added.
There is no such thing as a doubt that internet hosting the match in Lagos can be an enormous one for Lagos and the group contemplating the large assist they normally derive from Lagosians when matches are performed on the Predominant Bowl of the Nationwide Stadium, Surulere.
The argument being forwarded by officers at The Glasshouse is that Lagos could be the most suitable choice for Lesotho, to avoid wasting prices and resulting from logistics points, particularly because the Lagos State authorities is keen to foot the payments.
Once more, if it will definitely sees the sunshine of the day, this would be the first time in a decade the Tremendous Eagles have performed any recreation in Lagos with their final towards Sierra Leone ending 2-1 in favour of the hosts in 2011.
Nevertheless, this might not be the perfect time for the NFF to just accept the juicy provide of the group taking part in on the Teslim Balogun Stadium understanding totally that the gamers will not be acquainted with the turf. An additional slip may price the group a spot in Cameroon.
Apart from, it might have been a super venue if the group had already booked a spot for the event when much less strain can be on the gamers. However at this stage, the venue must be a no-go space for the group if Nigeria should qualify for AFCON.
Tremendous Eagles stars would reasonably play subsequent month’s AFCON qualifier towards Lesotho in Uyo and never make a long-awaited return to Lagos. Rohr additionally said that the gamers would have most well-liked the sport was performed on the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the place they’ve performed many of the house video games for the previous 4 years.
“The second recreation, we are going to do it in Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos,” Rohr advised ESPN.
“We all know that this can be a very big day with the pandemic, and we can’t have the standard [venue in] Uyo.
“However my gamers they like Uyo due to the services, due to the stadium.”
By and huge, NFF should prioritize the ambition of the group and never the monetary prize that comes with it when the State Authorities decides to indicate curiosity in internet hosting video games. They need to be taught from the errors of the previous so as to not jeopardize the group’s qualification ticket.
By Augustine Akhilomen
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